A white Ohio man, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the brutal beating of a Black man during the infamous white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., had most of his sentence suspended on Monday. When all is said and done, 20-year-old Daniel Borden will only actively serve three years and 10 months behind bars, the Associated Press reports. Borden was one of four men charged in the attack on DeAndre Harris. The attack left Harris with eight staples in his head, a broken wrist and several cuts on bruises. Borden was seen in photos wearing a white construction helmet with the words “Commie Killer” scrawled on it. Last year, Borden entered an Alford plea to malicious wounding, essentially declining to admit guilt, but acknowledging that there was enough evidence to convict him. Two others charged in Harris’ attack have already been convicted and sentenced in the case. The last suspect is scheduled to go on trial in February, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“As with all prosecutions surrounding the August 12, 2017 attack of DeAndre Harris, this office is hopeful that today’s outcome brings some measure of solace and closure to him and the community at large,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph Platania said after Borden was sentenced, the AP reports.

During the sentencing hearing on Monday, Borden insisted that he was not a racist and apologized to Harris, who was not present.


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